I Give It a Year

I Give It a Year

(2013)

British rom-com from the writer of Borat (making his directorial debut) looking at the rocky first year of marriage for a pair of newlyweds. Stars Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Rose Byrne and Anna Faris.... More

Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Impulsively getting hitched after only a few months together, their family, friends and even the minister who marries them aren't convinced that they can last. When the reality of married life begins to wither their relationship, Josh's ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Faris), and Nat's handsome American client Guy (Simon Baker), offer attractive alternatives as their first anniversary approaches...Hide

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Earning a reputation as a deviant mockumentary writer alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan Mazer also gives his directing chops a go here with this Brit rom-com, examining the relevance of romance in holy matrimony.... More

Rose Byrne plays it perfectly straight as the highly-strung, career-driven Nat, newly married to Rafe Spall’s writer-in-limbo Josh. Temptation threatens to detach their already frail union as Josh is reignited by an old flame (Anna Faris in an adorable, toned-down role) while Nat is introduced to a new one (Simon Baker’s Guy, a walking business suit).

The main issue is that we’re never engrossed into the newlyweds’ supposed chemistry, brushed away by a minute-long montage at the start. After the opening titles, it’s all downhill as Nat grows increasingly irked by Josh’s buffoonery – and you won’t blame her. He’s an unlikeable douche.

Luckily, the film earns laughs with some well-executed set-pieces, such as Guy’s attempt to woo Nat with doves and a confused violinist or Faris’ introduction to the awkward mechanics of a surprise menajahtwa. Some scenes nosedive into lazy crassness however – specifically those involving Olivia Colman’s mentally unstable marriage counsellor or the one involving the in-laws and an X-rated iPad photo gallery – but I suppose this comes as no surprise given Mazer’s filmography.

Minnie Driver boosts the material up a notch, capturing the comedic peak of dean-pan pessimism as Nat’s wedlock-weakened sister – acting as a sort of ‘ghost of nuptial future’. The film awkwardly takes a step back to let Stephen Merchant do his thing, but there’s a good reason for that: he’s damn funny.Hide


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BY Sarah29 superstar

The laughs were outweighed by the silly, cringe-worthy moments and for some reason the usually intriguing Rose Bryne was wooden and boring. You know you are in trouble when Anna Faris gives the best performance of the film - ouch! It was an adequate way to spend a couple of hours but overall it was below average and a sadly forgettable film


BY NannyOgg nobody

I was very much looking forward to this movie. I love the always funny Stephen Merchant and whilst the trailer used him as a selling point he didn't feature much more than was shown in that. The husband was likable enough and was the only character there was an human engagement with. The 2 female leads were both wooden and un-engaging (as was the supposed chemistry that saw the main couple hitched in the first place). The American chap provided lovely eye candy and played his part well enough,... More but then his part didn't need much playing. Ultimately I had no vested interest in any of the characters and didn't really care what happened either way. The trailer featured all the best bits which was a shame because British comedies are still the best there is.I had hoped for more.Hide


The Press Reviews

64% of critics recommend.
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  • As you’d expect from the man who helped Sacha Baron Cohen concoct naked-wrestling gags, it’s a grimly funny affair. Full Review

  • Even if the emotional mathematics don't quite add up, enough diversion is provided by pic's broader comic setpieces to paper over the cracks. Full Review

  • The jokes are strong and delivered by a very talented cast, but the heart isn't there. It's easy to laugh, but hard to care. Full Review

  • Dan Mazer's film about a couple who got married too quickly is both funny and plausible, if slightly constricted by its romcom template. Full Review

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